News for June 1, 2015

Details continue to emerge on a plane crash that killed three Plainview residents Friday night. 46-year old Paul Waller, his 44-year old wife Tammy and 18-year old daughter Michele were killed when their Beechcraft Bonanza caught fire after crashing shortly after takeoff at the Hale County Airport around 9:15 pm. The Wallers were en route to a wedding in Boerne, Texas, near San Antonio. While rain was not believed to be a factor, conditions were windy at the time of takeoff.  Michele Waller graduated from Plainview High School Friday night. The crash is under investigation by the FAA and NTSB. Read more

News for May 21, 2015

South Plains Food Bank representatives presented to local organizations at Trinity Life Church in Plainview yesterday, informing area leaders on their programs and the impact of hunger for area families. Sandy Keltz, liaison for the Plainview chapter of SPFB, says the need is still great in this area. Read more

News for May 20, 2015

Plainview has been named one of the best towns in Texas in a ranking released on the website Niche. Plainview is 27th on the list of the top 100 towns based on a set of 10 criteria. The city scored high grades in several categories, including weather, easiest commute, jobs and housing. Other South Plains towns on the list include Levelland at No. 22 and Slaton at 59. Sugarland finished first. The list graded cities and towns with populations between 5,000 and 100,000 people excluding suburbs. A full list with detailed rankings is available at niche.com. Read more

News for May 19, 2015

The Texas Rangers have charged a man in connection with a shooting Friday in Muleshoe that was first reported as self-inflicted. 29 year old Joseph Alacorn Gonzales has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm after he allegedly shot a victim in the thigh in the 300 block of E.D. Street Friday shortly after 11 am. Gonzales is being held Bailey County Jail on $100,000 bond. Texas Rangers are continuing their investigation. The name of the victim, who is in a Lubbock hospital, has not been released at this time. Read more

News for May 18, 2015

Former Plainview teacher and administrator Dr. Dana West is the new superintendent of Amarillo ISD, according to the Herald. West was unanimously approved as the district’s first female superintendent following last Thursday’s school board meeting. She spent 20 years working for Plainview ISD and most recently served as the principal at Caprock High School. West will begin her new role on September 1. Read more

News for May 15, 2015

A bill in the Texas House that would ban the use of E85 or FlexFuel for state vehicles could affect Plainview and South Plains area farmers and ethanol plants. Another bill filed would completely ban the use of ethanol for motor fuels in Texas. David Gibson with the Texas Corn Producers says the latter bill likely won’t go through this session but would have a huge impact on producers if it eventually is passed. Read more

News for May 14, 2015

Recent rains means growing weeds and grass in Plainview. City officials are reminding residents that they are responsible for these issues on their property. Residents are encouraged to mow overgrown grass and weeds in order to avoid a fines from code enforcements officers. Tall grass and weeds can attract rodents, mosquitoes and snakes to property. Local churches and organizations are willing to help those who cannot clear their property. Read more

News for May 13, 2015

Plainview City Council members breezed through a short agenda during last night’s meeting at city hall. Councilmembers approved the purchase agreement with JWC Environmental for screening equipment at the wastewater treatment plant. The screens will cost an estimated $309,000, and Public Works Director Mike Gilliland says the cost could go up or down slightly. That price does not include installation. Read more

News for May 12, 2015

Hale County Commissioners finalized a hiring and board appointments as they quickly worked through the agenda at yesterday’s court meeting. Commissioners formally approved the hiring of Cassidy Peek to the Texas Agri-Life Extension as the 4-H agent for the county. Donnie Ebeling, Danny Glenn, Jim Mock, Bobby Hill and Frances Barerra were all reappointed to two year terms to serve on the Hospital Authority Board. Sheriff David Mull was approved as the Local Rabies Control Authority for the county.  Commissioners also accepted the purchase of a 2015 Chevy Tahoe at a cost of $32,900 for Constable Precinct 1 Mark Mull to replace his patrol vehicle. Read more

News for May 11, 2015

Kress voters approved a $3 million bond request for Kress ISD following Saturday’s general election. The funds will be used for improvements for their school campuses, including doing electrical work. Two incumbents, Jesse Munoz and Chris Stark, were re-elected to their school board seats. Read more